Welcome to Vashon Center for Dance!

Vashon Center for Dance (VCD) is honored to have served the Vashon Community for more than 2 decades. Whether students are pursuing a career in dance, or study dance because they love it, all students are provided the same excellence in training in a supportive, challenging, and nurturing environment. Confidence, dedication, self-motivation and creative thinking are qualities and skills we seek to instill our students – qualities that will serve them well in all aspects of their lives. Our two spacious studios are in the historic Oddfellows Hall, which we refer to as the “Blue Heron Education Center”.

Education Programs
Spring Term COVID Safety Protocols  

Beginning in Spring Term, which starts on April 17th, we will no longer require proof of vaccination for students of any age.Masks are required for instructors and students over the age of 2. Parents of children who require special health considerations should contact Registrar, Joy Ghigleri, at 206-259-3005 so that adjustments can be made to individual class policies. We will continue to practice the following COVID protocols: 

  • All staff and instructors are fully vaccinated.  
  • Windows are open during class for increased ventilation.  
  • High contact surfaces are wiped down frequently.  
  • Students, staff and instructors must stay home if they have had exposure to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID, or if they or someone in their household are experiencing any COVID symptoms (including fever, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, chills, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, vomiting, or any other symptom identified by the CDC as identified with COVID).  
  • We will communicate quickly and openly to parents in the event of any suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID. In the event of a confirmed positive case, we will contact local health officials and follow their guidance on next steps.  

Note for student performers: In order to participate in a dance or musical theatre production on the Kay White Hall stage, all students must show proof of vaccination, OR test negative for COVID on the first day of loading into the theater AND again on the day of the first performance. To facilitate this process, we will set up a testing station in which VCA staff will witness the testing and results of a parent/guardian administered rapid test. Parents/Guardians will need to purchase their own tests and bring them to the testing station with their student. We recommend BinaxNOW kits, available through Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Amazon. We will reach out with more information for students involved prior to their production dates.  

*We will continue to monitor the local and overall COVID case numbers and will require all students and instructors to wear masks if cases increase significantly. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the shifting Covid landscape. 

Scholarships available!

The deadline to register for Winter Term dance classes is January 7th. The deadline to apply for winter dance scholarships is December 13th.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have financial aid available to make dance classes accessible to any student interested.

Please click the link below or contact BHEC Registrar for more information:

joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org

For more VCD Performances Click Here

For info, registration, and questions please contact us at 206-259-3005


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Magical Kingdoms Ballet Camp

Magical Kingdoms Ballet Camp
Tues-Fri, July 5-8
Ages 3-5 | 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 6-8 | 1-3 pm 
Tuition: $140 Member | $155 General (Materials fee included)
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Princesses, sorcerers and fairies! This creative movement, intro to ballet camp will have fun exploring the magical world of famous ballets such Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Each day of camp includes games, dancing, storytime and crafts. Dancers will decorate fairy wings and create jeweled crowns! Ends with a short presentation for parents on Friday.

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Advanced Contemporary 

Advanced Contemporary 
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 6-July 27, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 3-Aug 24, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Advanced Contemporary includes a full body warm up with combos standing, upside-down, and on the ground followed by phrase work and some feel-good across the floor progressions. Let’s have a blast with our favorite music while taking apart and getting into the nitty-gritty details of timing, floor-work, inversions, and a powerful grounded center. We will also begin building a group piece in class. This is an advanced class open to level V dancers and above.

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Advanced Lyrical 

Advanced Lyrical 
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm 
Session 1:  July 6-July 27, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 3-Aug 24, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: Madeline Morser 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Hone your fluidity, expression, and grace in Advanced Lyrical! Lyrical dance is most often defined as a combination of ballet and jazz techniques, with emphasis on graceful, fluid motions that often mirror the lyrics or theme of the music. Class will start with a center warm up including both standing exercises and daily workshops for jumps, turns, and falls to be used in phrase-work. We will use the second half of class for traveling progressions as well as longer phrases/group dances. This class is an advanced level open to level V dancers and above.  

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Ballet V-VII – Thursdays

Ballet V-VII - Thursdays
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am 
Session 1:  July 7-July 28, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 4-Aug 25, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as advanced combinations, turns, and jumps.  

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Fantastic Animal Ballet Camp

Fantastic Animal Ballet Camp
Mon-Fri, July 11-15
Ages 3-5 | 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 6-8 | 1-3 pm 
Tuition: $170 Member | $190 General (Materials fee included)
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Elephants, kangaroos, cats and more! This creative movement, intro to ballet camp, will explore animal themes from classical works such as The Carnival of the Animals, Peter and the Wolf and The Tales of Beatrix Potter. Each day of camp includes games, dancing, storytime and crafts. Crafts include making animal ears, tails and other accessories. Great camp for kids to get moving and familiar with classical music and dance. Ends with a short presentation for parents on Friday.

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Intermediate Modern and Choreography 

Intermediate Modern and Choreography 
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General  
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General  
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Downstairs Studio 

Miss Vanesa teaches students the movements that are the foundation for classical modern dance and helps students develop their creative voice.  Contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and the concepts of Modern dance (space, time and force) are the building blocks of Modern dance and are taught in a manner that is encouraging and fun.   

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Ballet V-VII – Mondays

Ballet V-VII 
Mondays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General 
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as advanced combinations, turns, and jumps.  

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Advanced Modern 

Advanced Modern 
Mondays, 5:30-7 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $70 Member | $80 General 
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $100 Member | $110 General 
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $150 Member | $160 General  
Instructor: Vanesa Wiley 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Modern dance is important training for all dancers. Miss Vanesa’s experience teaching and choreographing this style of dance is extensive, and her classes are fun and energetic. At this level, Graham, Cunningham, Limon and other modern disciplines are covered. 

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Advanced Jazz 

Advanced Jazz 
Mondays, 7:00-8:15 pm 
Session 1:  July 11-July 25, $60 Member | $70 General  
Session 2:  Aug 1-Aug 22, $80 Member | $90 General 
Full Summer Session (7 classes): $120 Member | $140 General  
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Miss Vanesa gives a fabulous class for advanced dancers in our treasured American dance genre that includes a warm-up, stretching, across the floor combinations and fun choreography that builds every week.  

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Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet
Ages: 13+
Tuesday class: July 5-26 | 2:15-3:15
Thursday class: July 7-28 | 6:30-7:30 pm 
Tuition: $65 Member | $75 General
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner

Our adult ballet classes are taught by VCD founding dancer/teacher/choreographer, Kathleen Bonner. Class focus is technique, choreography, comradery and fun.

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Ballet III 

Ballet III 
Ages: 8-11 
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Session 1:  July 5-July 26, $100 Member | $110 General 
Session 2:  Aug 2-Aug 23, $100 Member | $110 General 
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Barre is followed by center work where steps are strung together in combinations.  Technique and terminology are infused with fun ballet history, and students will practice dancing together as a group. 

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Ballet IV 

Ballet IV 
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm 
Session 1:  July 5-July 26, $100 Member | $110 General  
Session 2:  Aug 2-Aug 23, $100 Member | $110 General  
Full Summer Session (8 classes): $180 Member | $200 General 
Instructor: VCD Instructors 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Ballet IV combines elements of pre-pointe and beginning pointe work, as well as intermediate combinations, stretches, turns, and jumps.  

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Advanced Ballet Intensive

Advanced Ballet Intensive
Ages: 13+
Mon-Fri, Jul 18- July 29, 10 am-3:15 pm
Tuition: $950 General | $850 Member (Materials fee included)
Director: Vadne White
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio

VCD teachers, guest teachers, and VCD alumni partners to bring this two-week intensive study to Advanced-level ballet students. Each day begins with ballet class, followed by a class in another dance style. After lunch, students will study ballet history, nutrition, dance related careers, injury prevention, wellness, and flexibility to name just a few! The day will close with a choreography workshop where students will contribute to the creation of a piece for Original Works 2023.

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4 Day Dance Sampler

4 Day Dance Sampler
Mon-Thurs, Aug 1-4
Ages 5-8 | 10:30am -12:30pm
Ages 9-13 | 1-3 pm 
Tuition: $140 Member | $155 General (Materials fee included)
Instructors: VCD and guest teachers
Location: Downstairs Studio

Are you interested in trying dance for the first time, or trying a new style? Our expert teachers will guide the beginner-level student through an exploration of the most popular dance genres: Tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary and hip hop.

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Choreography Workshop

Choreography Workshop
Level 5-7
Mon-Fri, Aug 1-5 | 1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $250 Member | $280 General (Materials fee included)
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Upstairs Studio

Are you thinking about submitting a piece for our annual Original Works production? Miss Vanesa’s inspiring approach will help you find your creative voice, hone your choreographic abilities, and expand your artistic potential. Learn how to build movement for the stage through the use of time, shape, space and energy.

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Master Class with Amanda Morgan

Master Class with Amanda Morgan
Level 5-7
Saturday, Aug 13 | 10am-12pm
$40 Member | $45 General
Location: Upstairs Studio

We are excited to welcome back Amanda Morgan of Pacific Northwest Ballet in August! Miss Amanda heads "The Seattle Project", with the aim of eliminating barriers in the community, and was nominated one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2021. Miss Amanda's classes are uplifting and inspiring, and full of engaging material: a wonderful experience for advanced-level dancers.

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